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Happy Earth Day! Our top Earth Day picks preserve the rainforest, clean up oceans and waterways and make use of deadstock and recycled materials. Mother Earth knows best! 
1. Bar Soap Set by Hand in Hand. For each bar sold, Hand and Hand preserves 50 square feet of rainforest. They also provide communities with clean water and are currently working in Haiti on their Clean Water Programs. 
2. Wine Bottle Glasses by Usful Glassworks. Made from recycled wine bottles, Usful Glassworks has saved more than 60,000 glass bottles from sitting in landfills, turning them into glasses, carafes and more. 
3. Natural History Fountain Pen by Tree Ring Pens. The casing of this gorgeous pen was extracted from small diameter trees harvested as part of forest restoration projects in the Lolo National Forest in Montana. 
4. BirdProject Soap Lovebirds Edition by Matter Inc. 50% of profits from these pretty birdies go to environmental cleanup and care for affected animals of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster. To date, Matter has given more than $21,000 to these ongoing efforts. 
5. Lavish Lucite Chain Necklace by Hearts. Handmade using recycled brass and lucite, this staple necklace is created using no new materials. 
6. T-Rex Ballerina Notecard Set by Little Alexander. These beautifully illustrated notecards are printed on recycled paper in a small batches in Lewis, Iowa. All Little Alexander items are packaged in recycled and recyclable materials, too! 
7. Mt. Drew Duffel Bag by United by Blue. For each duffle purchased, one pound of trash is removed for oceans and waterways. United by Blue hosts cleanups around the country and has removed more than 171,000 pounds of trash in the last four years. 
Connected in Hope is non-profit organization that partners with the Former Women Fuel Wood Carriers Association in Ethiopia to develop markets for more than 70 women. In addition to knitting accessories, Connected in Hope supports women and their families in their heath, education and finance needs. 
We partnered with CIH to create the Travel Wrap, the perfect spring scarf. Large enough to be used as a shawl, this lightweight piece is a favorite. 
Learn more about Connected in Hope and their incredible work on Given Goods. 

5 Stories We’ve Been Passing Around This Week

(Collected by Cammy)

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1. This beautiful visualization of global shipping shows us a different view of the world map when everything is overlaid. The interconnection of our world via nothing internet-related. 

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay

Instead of Returning Your Textbooks…

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In this site-specific work titled, “The Island of Dr. Mastrovito,” multimedia used text books to create a surreal jungle of plants and animals exploding out of the corner of a bright room. The title references H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau where a mad scientist gives animals human traits—here Mastrovito, herself acts as the scientist, “trying to instill a new life into that which was once alive in a different way (books from paper, paper from wood, and wood from trees).”

Introducing Rose & Fitzgerald

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California natives Courtney Rose Poole and her husband Laren Fitzgerald Poole moved to Kampala, Uganda in the fall of 2012. Courtney found inspiration in her new community from the talented artisans who had lived and worked there for generations. From woodworkers to weavers, the men and women Courtney met were both passionate and talented.

April Fools! Celebrating Our 5 Favorite Pranks

April Fools is one of our favorite informal holidays. Since the medieval days, people have been playing pranks on one another on April 1st. 

Today, we celebrate some of our favorites:

1. Netflix Suggestions…

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Netflix did us a solid by showcasing programs based on crossing arms, reality TV stars with “no concept of reality”and more. 

We had to repost this because it was just too awesome. Ilana at Mommy Shorts is trying to get #BABYSUITING to happen—and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

How to Save $400 Million: By 14-Year Old Student

Suvir Mirchandani is a 14-year old middle school student from Pittsburgh, PA. Like many 6th graders, Suvir noticed that he was receiving a lot more hand outs than he did in elementary school—but rather than continue to add to the growing stack of papers in his binders and folders, Suvir wanted to find a way to cut back. 

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witanddelight:

Habitual rainy day behavior.

5 Stories We’ve Been Passing Around This Week

(Collected by Cammy)

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1. Yes, this building looks like a very white overgrown bush and we totally want to live here. Featuring up to three (!) balconies per apartment, the idea behind the building is to bring urban settings closer to nature. Everything is designed to run on local renewable energy and seamlessly engage with the environment around the building. 

Now that it’s getting warm, it’s time to dress up the outdoor table!
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Teenage Cancer Trust: Shane Meadows & Mark Herbert →

This week marks the 14th year of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert series at the Royal Albert Hall.Throughout the week there will be performances from Ed Sheeran, Lianne La Havas and Mikky Ekko as well as comedy from Micky Flanagan, John Bishop and Jason Manford. The concerts provide an essential fundraising and awareness platform for the charity.

Sud it up the all-natural way with shea butter, aloe and jojoba oil. Energizing, stimulating and invigorating, this body wash will leave you so fresh and so clean.

While March Madness is grabbing all the headlines, this heartfelt story illuminates what really matters…